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On This Day: October 19th

This is 292nd day of the year and 73 days remain in the year.

in history
1781
British General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Va., bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution.
1812
French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow.
1960
The United States imposes a partial embargo on goods exported to Cuba.
1983
The Senate passed a bill (78–22) making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday a public holiday.
1987
The stock market crashed on what came to be known as "Black Monday." Stocks dropped a record 508 points, or 22.6%, topping the drops on October 28 and 29 in 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression.
October 19 BirthdaysSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar1910—1995 , American astrophysicist, born. Lahore, India (now Pakistan).
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brownbaseball player
Philip Pullmanwriter
Evander Holyfieldboxer
John le Carrboxer
John Lithgowactor
Edmund Beecher Wilsonzoologist
Lewis Mumfordsocial philosopher
Jack Andersonnewspaper columnist
Thomas Browneauthor and physician



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